Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Book - Tales from the Garden City

I had been at it for some time now. For the last couple of months (or more), I have been working on gathering the stories that I had written as a hobby, face-lifting them and getting them ready to be read by others. Last year, I had sent some of them to some known publishers in India to see if they would be interested in making a book of it. Many of them responded (after 4-5 months of anxious waiting!) saying that they aren't interested (of course, in a much more polished way!). I had found these publishers through the Internet, and manuscript submissions were made as their sites directed. I like to believe that my manuscript was rejected because they did not come with any "credentials" (I am not a known writer, nor did I approach them through a literary agent).

Finally in April of this year I had this idea of self-publishing.

My collection of short stories, Tales from the Garden City, based in Bangalore (as the name implies) and written over the last few years, is published by Cinnamonteal Print And Publishing.


Click on the image to read the text on the back cover of the book.


A snapshot of the Contents page.

Read snippets:
The Rising of the Moon
In Retrospective (Part-1, Part-2)
The Greatest Love of All
The Well


Available at the following Book Stores:
Landmark Bangalore / Chennai / Mumbai / Pune / Hyderabad / Gurgaon
Gangarams Book Bureau, M.G. Road, Bangalore.
TBS Publishers, Thiruvananthapuram.
Green Books, Thrissur 


Click here to Purchase Online:
Flipkart (Shipped to anywhere in India)
Dogears Etc (Shipped to anywhere in India and abroad) 

Reviews:
Click here to read some reviews.


For several reasons, I am glad I took this step. Just as in everything else, there have been lessons to learn in this trip as well. I will share some of those interesting experiences as we travel along.

If you think Print-on-Demand, think CinnamonTeal. You will not regret it.

19 comments:

  1. Wow thats great Jack. May this only be the beginning of many more to come - roshan

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  2. A writer of many years, I Toast your success! This is amazing, because I see a parallel between what musicians must do to get a CD out and what writers must do to be published. I have two books in revision and at least one will be self-published. This post is an inspiration! :)

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  3. Kudos Jeans. I wonder how did you manage that kind of time with a 3 year old around?! Gr8 job!
    Shall I take the rights for Middle East? :p

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  4. Mj- you have a competitor, a friend from Dubai has expressed interest in the same. I suggest you two battle it out ;)

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  5. The opening story sounds familar... when my daughter was small and we lived out west, in the desert, she was intent on watching the sky. The new moon was always a highlight and she'd come running, when the crescent was just visible over the western hills, shouting "Daddy, daddy, the moon is back, the moon is back" and we'd go to the window or out on the porch and watch it sink beyond the horizon. Nice writing!

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  6. Congratulations!!

    i was just wandering from sites & came to this blog & simply became spellbound when i saw the first publication by u on our own effort.kudos!

    i also dream of a publication & seems that u wl b of grt help :)

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  7. Wonderful! I self-published a book too. It was about losing two brothers a month apart in 2001 and it spurred a reunion where we grew up and is used in a grief and loss class at a nearby university. I found you via Netchick.

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  8. congrats to you
    for me, the mother I chose for my children lacked love, or poorly expressed it, so I learned more and was able to give more, while becoming less.
    the sacrifice was worth it.
    I want to read your book

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  9. A wonderful achievement, Jean.

    NetChick sent me.

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  10. Congrats Jeena!
    Not everyone has got the guts to believe in what they think they are. It is good to see that you have already crossed that milestone. An achievement in itself. Wish you all the best for crossing more such milestones.

    Hope and hardwork can take any one where he/she wants to go. I wish you good luch and the best for all the future challenges!

    - Sriram

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  11. Hi Jeena,
    Great work...Many Congratulations... I know how difficult it is to get self publication... I have gone through all this for my first book's self publication... Very sad to know that these known publishers treat new comers so badly...
    Coming back to your book, its title is very much impressive... May GOD bless you... I wish many more publications from you (ofcourse not self publication :-) )

    Cheers!
    aMAr

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  12. Hi,
    Even though I saw that image, I didn't read the writing below. So happy to see the book. Will try to acquire a copy and let you know my thoughts on it.

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  13. Hi Jean,

    Congratulations! will check it out when I am in India this Summer.

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  14. great job! let me read it! best wishes... mani nss

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  15. Dear Jean,

    I am Renjith, from Bahrain. I got your Twitter ID through my Twitter friend, Padmaja Menon (Oman). I am excited to see a book written by a budding writer. I am much impressed as I do have similar thoughts.

    Wish you all the best. I am from Trivandrum and hence will buy a copy of this book when I go on vacation, in August.

    Good Luck,
    Renjith & family

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  16. wowow.. congratulations.. oru naal njaanum chettane pole valarum valuthakum.. njaanum oru book angu irakkiyaalo..??
    any ways this is ma first time here.. dropped here through ur twitter profile :) let me explore this blog and wait for more comments later.. :)

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  17. Best of luck with your book...may be will buy it soon...there is a book festival scheduled at Palace grounds..and Tq for the comment on my post @ Posterous about the unusual guest.

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